Online on-demand viewing grows in UK

Three quarters of UK adults have viewed an online video-on-demand service in the last 12 months, with catch-up TV being the most popular category, according to research by Ofcom. According to the regulator’s On-demand and Online Research: Consumption and Concerns report, 74% of adults accessed an online service, up from 71% last year, with 96% […]

Ofcom: UK TV viewers ‘most technologically advanced’ in Europe

Some 70% of UK adults will watch TV using free-to-air, catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer in December, more than in any other European country, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s research claims that UK viewers are now using TV gadgets “more than any other major country” and that catch-up viewing is ahead of […]

Sky Germany revamps on-demand and entertainment offerings, axes Snap

Sky is revamping its German and Austrian entertainment and on-demand offerings and axing online service Snap as a standalone product. Sky Deutschland said that content previously available on Snap will be available via Sky Online – its pay-monthly online offering – within a newly introduced ‘Entertainment Monatsticket’ package. Priced at €9.99 per-month, the Entertainment Monatsticke […]

Third of TV now watched on-demand

Some 35% of all TV and video viewing is now watched on-demand with over half of consumers claiming to watch streamed on-demand content at least once a day, according to new research. Ericsson’s 2015 ConsumerLab TV and Media Report, which surveyed 22,500 people from 20 countries around the world, claims that consumers now spend six […]

Sky to up subtitling for on-demand content

Sky has pledged to make subtitling available for “the most popular and best Sky on-demand content” on customers’ TVs by summer 2016. Announcing the plans, Sky director of product design and development, Ian Rosarius, said that currently more than 90% of linear content across 26 channels is available with subtitles, which can be recorded and […]

Children watch half as much live TV as adults, says Ofcom

Children aged 11 to 15 watch half the amount of live TV and six times more short online video clips per day compared to adults, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator found that 11 to 15 year olds watch 1 hour and 32 minutes of live TV per day and 33 minutes […]

BSkyB defies sceptics with strong Q1 growth

BSkyB has managed to defy continued downward economic pressure on consumer spending to beat analysts’ expectations in its latest quarterly results.  Sky added 760,000 new paid-for subscription products in its fiscal first quarter, 8% more than the previous quarter, and added 51,000 new retail customers to close the quarter at 11.5 million. The pay TV […]

EU has more than 3,000 on-demand services

As of February 2014 there were 3,088 on-demand services in the European Union, according to new research by the European Audiovisual Observatory.  Among the audiovisual services counted were 1,104 catch-up TV services, 711 branded channels of broadcasters on open platforms and 409 VoD film services. The ‘On-Demand Audiovisual Markets in the European Union’ report found […]

More than 50% of Sky customers now connected

More than half of all Sky’s customers have now connected their Sky+HD box to broadband, giving them access to the UK pay TV operator’s full range of on-demand services. Sky said the total number of connected Sky+HD boxes has more than doubled in less than a year, and now stands at 5.4 million of Sky’s […]

Half of TV viewing to be on-demand by 2020, predicts Ericsson

By 2020 consumer TV viewing habits will be made up of 50% live, linear viewing and 50% on-demand or time-shifted programming, according to research by Ericsson.  Outlining its vision for TV and media in 2020 in the first of its six-part ‘Ericsson Game Changers’ series, Ericsson said that viewers will soon be used to fully-personalised, […]